On 20 February 2014 South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club was awarded CLUB OF THE YEAR by South Lanarkshire Disability Sports at a lunch attended by various disability sports clubs and individuals including some of our members. The award was collected on behalf of the club by the 2013 British Open winning team (all members of SLWCC) Paul Webster, Gordon Rainey, John Doyle (absent) and Angela Higson. The Award was given in recognition of our club’s acheivements over the years to promote and encourage members into the sport of wheelchair curling.
At the same ceremony club member ROBERT MCPHERSON received an individual award of Adult Sports Person of the Year. Robert is now in the parapympic squad and is representing Great Britain at Sochi this March.
This year’s Haggis Shoot had 28 members and volunteers shooting for the haggis acccolade. Winner of the final shoot out was Bill Masterton. Our lunch of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties donated by Damn Delicious once again, was enjoyed by all.
The British Open Championships were held at Hamilton Ice Rink last month. Teams from Finland and Russia competed against our own GB squad, Scotland, Wales, England and six other teams from across Scotland. Two teams fro SLWCC entered with last year’s winners Team Webster hoping to put in a good performance. However it was not to be. The team from Finland beat the GB squad in an exciting final. Third place was taken by Russia.
The SLWCC Committee wishes to thank all its members and associates for their support of our club and its activities during 2013. We hope you enjoyed the Christmas Lunch on Monday 16 December which was subsided from funds received. We look forward to seeing everyone back at the rink for our first curling session of 2014 on Monday 6th January @ 12.15pm.
Happy Christmas and a Good New Year.
Best wishes, David Morgan, Chairman
Prague 29/11/13 – 1/12/13
Teams from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and five wheelchair curlers from South Lanarkshire went to Prague to compete in this Tournament. The group was accompanied by husbands and wives and club coach Ian Archer.
Rosemary Lenton, Jim Sellar, Bill Masterton, David Morgan and Angela Higson played 5 games over three days against some of the best European wheelchair curling teams. We rotated our team with one player standing out each game.
In our Section of three teams we won one and lost one. The next round of games was for rankings and we played Italy (draw) and Poland (lost by 2 shots) gaining 8th place out of 12 and on the last day we played Czech 2 for 7/8th place and lost by 2 shots. The competition was well organised and ran smoothly with ice well prepared, refreshments, and suitable transport to and from the airport and from our hotel to the venue.
One evening the group went into central Prague and enjoyed a very good traditional meal and the next evening some of the group went to the old town Christmas market with its traditional Christmas Tree beautifully lit up and stalls. We had a great time and most of all enjoyed the experience of curling in a tournament of this type against top National teams. Would we do it again……YES!
Report by Angela Higson
Bells Final held on 11/11/13
This year it was a close run competition with four pairs in contention for a place in the final – a battle against Masterton & Telfer (last years winners).
The final against Masterton & Telfer and Sellar & Bain was very close. The teams fought right to the lost stone, with only one point separating them. However, Bill and David have played consistently well throughout the competition and are worthy winners for the second year running. Jim and David Bain are a new pairing and David has proved he can play with the best – it is only his second season playing in the club.
The competition on the whole is one of the most enjoyable events and we are grateful to Bells Foods Ltd for their continued sponsorship of the event. Everyone looks forward to the wonderful goodie bags provided and large quantities of pies consumed at the tea afterwards.
Thanks again Bells we love you and your pies!
Report by Angela Higson
Attended by 10 teams from across the country, with 5 SLWCC teams, the competition was run on a Round Robin format this year so every team had three games over three days. There were some new, up and coming curlers mingled with experienced hands and the mood is always upbeat with everyone enjoying competing to topple their opponents. We enjoyed meeting up with the team from Wales again and seeing the boys from the North of England who we do not see so much.
The Moray team skipped by Gregor Ewan and supported by Jim Gault, Mike McKenzie and Jackie Cayton were this years winners and the SLWCC team skipped by Paul Webster and supported by Gordon Rainey, Angela Higson and Brian Douglas were runners up.
The dinner afterwards is always a great way to finish the season and is attended by Boyd Tunnock, with Fergus and Karen, Ian Dunn and the Provost. Thanks to all those who participated, supported, helped out, and contribute to make this event a great success.
This competition was open to all SLWCC members and was run this year for the first time. The trophy is a fitting celebration of former founding member Craig Taylor’s life and is donated by his mother Mrs Taylor to commemorate Craig. The competition was run as a singles competition on the schenkle system.
24 Members fought it out for top spot. Mrs Taylor presented the trophy to the winner Angie Malone with Jim Sellar taking second place.
Some of our newer curlers participated for the first time and enjoyed the experience. Play was kept moving by the help of our volunteers and everything ran to time. Lunch was served during the day.
On behalf of our members David Morgan presented Boyd Tunnock with a set of crystal glasses and a bottle of Glenmorangie for his 80th Birthday on 24 January 2013. Tunnocks have been a great supporter of our Club for several years and we were delighted to mark this occasion and show our appreciation of his continued commitment to our club.
Thirty two hungry curlers faced up in eight teams to contest the 2nd World Haggis Curling Championship, organised by South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club, at Hamilton Ice Rink on Monday 21st January.
After seven ends the winning team was announced by umpire Ian Archer. It was skipped by Jim Sellar, and was composed of new club member David Bain, Steve Sutherland, and, reigning World Champion Jan Dryffe of Crawfordjohn.
In a play off for individual winner the Champion Jan retained her title.
Club President David Morgan thanked the sponsor Mike Shannon of Dam’d Delicious the Lanark Butchers who farm their own herd of Aberdeen Angus at Thankerton. Mike had supplied a haggis for each of the winning team, and a superb (dam’d delicious) plate of haggis, tatties, and neeps for all the curlers in the Ice Rink restaurant.
After the exciting, sometimes hilarious event, members started looking forward to a repeat competition in season 2013/14. Haggis should beware!